Kōrero: East Coast region

Gisborne’s trams

Gisborne’s trams

Many New Zealand centres installed motorised tram systems in the early 20th century. After meeting electrical inventor Thomas Edison in the US in 1910, Gisborne’s mayor, W. D. Lysnar, instigated the purchase of two trams which ran on battery power rather than a reticulated supply of electricity. The trams started operating in April 1913 and two more vehicles were later brought into use. However, they never made money and the service ended in 1929.

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Tairawhiti Museum, Te Whare Taonga O Te Tairawhiti
Reference: 451-55N

Permission of Tairawhiti Museum, PO Box 716, Gisborne, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Monty Soutar, 'East Coast region - Pākehā settlement, 1870 to 1940', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/33390/gisbornes-trams (accessed 28 September 2020)

He kōrero nā Monty Soutar, updated 1 Mar 2015